Bears unveil 'Save Da Planet' week

The Bears are teaming up with Constellation Energy throughout Week 11 with the goal of enacting sustainable business practices and raising awareness of conservation issues.

The Chicago Bears and Constellation Energy, the energy provider at Halas Hall and a leading competitive energy supplier in Illinois, are partnering for the inaugural ‘Save Da Planet' week leading up to the Sunday, November 20 game against the San Diego Chargers.

‘Save Da Planet' week will run from November 14 through November 20 with the goal of enacting sustainable business practices and raising awareness of conservation issues. The Bears organization encourages fans to engage in environmentally-friendly practices and adopt proactive ways to reuse, recycle and reduce their environmental footprint.

Starting November 14, the Bears will embark on numerous initiatives in the Chicago area as part of ‘Save Da Planet' week. Gateway Green and the Bears will join forces to support the Chicago Bears Tree Sponsorship Program where all season ticket holders, business partners and fans are encouraged to "adopt" a tree that will be planted in the spring of 2012 as part of a "Bears Forest." The first 30 donors who offer support at the $300 level or higher and are in attendance on November 20 will have the opportunity to participate in an on-field recognition during the game.

In addition to contributions to the tree sponsorship program, Bears fans are encouraged to enter the ‘Save Da Planet' sweepstakes at www.chicagobears.com, where they can win tickets to the December 18 home game against the Seattle Seahawks. No purchase necessary.

Players and members of the Bears front office will also participate in a school visit at 1 pm on Tuesday, November 15 at Hamilton Elementary School in Chicago. Students will present their school's environmental initiatives and lead a tour. Bears personnel will then participate with the fourth grade class in their daily food composting duties after lunch.

On Sunday, November 20, the first 40,000 fans in attendance for the Bears-Chargers contest will receive eco-friendly tote bags from Constellation Energy and the Chicago Bears. Constellation Energy also will retire renewable energy certificates (RECs) to cover the expected energy usage at Soldier Field for the game. The RECs will help those attending the game avoid approximately 42 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – that's more than 1,700 propane grills commonly used at tailgates. Additionally, fans who are spotted recycling can receive a free ‘Save Da Planet' button from members of Fan Services.

For more information on all the ‘Save Da Planet' initiatives, fans can log on to www.ChicagoBears.com/savedaplanet.


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